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Melissa Levin of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council discusses how the nonprofit organization, which was displaced both by the September 11 attacks and more recently Hurricane Sandy, continues to provide office and studio space to writers and artists in lower Manhattan.
Flying Object, a nonprofit artists and writers collaborative located in Hadley, Massachusetts, attracts hundreds of writers every month through classes, workshops, readings, exhibitions, and a do-it-yourself letterpress studio.
Established in 1999, the Attic Institute offers writing workshops; five-month fellowships that provide guidance in both craft and publishing; and the Attic Atheneum, an annual certificate program that is an alternative to the MFA program. The Attic also rents out writers studios.
Located on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University, the New Hampshire Writers’ Project is a statewide membership-based nonprofit literary arts organization that serves as a resource for writers, publishers, booksellers, literary agents, educators, librarians, and readers in and near New Hampshire. It hosts the annual Writers’ Day writing conference; the Concord Book Festival; Writers’ Night Out, a monthly gathering of writers in various regions throughout the state; the biennial New Hampshire Literary Awards; and workshops on a variety of topics, ranging from craft to promotion.
Founded in 1987 by Philip Schultz, the Writers Studio is a nondegree granting, private school based in Greenwich Village in New York City that offers ten-week writing sessions to poets and fiction writers, plus a weekly craft class in which students study short stories, novels and poetry, learning how to “read as writers.” The school also hosts the Writers Studio Reading Series which features renowned American and international writers and poets and showcases the work of faculty and students.
Incorporated in 1975, the Loft Literary Center offers creative writing courses and hosts readings and other literary events, as well as sponsors a series of awards for writers. Writers may also rent studios at Open Book, where the Loft is housed along with Milkweed Editions and Minnesota Center for Book Arts, where the Loft is housed.
Founded in 1979, Woodland Pattern Book Center is a nonprofit organization and writing center that also houses a bookstore with over twenty-five thousand small press titles, including a selection of poetry, chapbooks, broadsides, and multicultural literature. The center includes an art gallery where it hosts exhibitions, artist talks, readings, experimental films, concerts and writing workshops for adults and children.
Founded in 1997, the Hugo House offers writing classes and events, including the annual Hugo Literary Series, which invites established and up-and-coming writers to create new work and debut it at the house, and the Zine Archive and Publishing Project, which maintains a library of more than 20,000 handmade and independent publications. Residencies, one for an established writer and one for a youth writer, are also offered.
Founded in 1997, Grub Street is one of the largest independent centers for creative writing in the United States. Its mission is “to be an innovative, rigorous, and welcoming community for writers who together create their best work, find audiences, and elevate the literary arts for all.” Grub Street offers a range of workshops and services, including a year-long class on novel writing, a class on yoga and writing, instruction on how to get published, and one-on-one manuscript consultations, as well as hosting readings and informal coffee klatches on Saturday mornings.